Dawn Kraus, President
Dawn Kraus is the President of Leadership Seminole, located in Heathrow, Florida. Leadership Seminole provides leadership development resulting in community involvement with a strong focus on improving quality of life issues in the Seminole County region. As a graduate of the Leadership Seminole program, past chair of Leadership Seminole Board of Directors, and the Executive Council, Dawn is passionate about the vision and mission of the organization.
Prior to accepting her new role with Leadership Seminole, Dawn worked for almost 10 years as a Development Officer with Florida Hospital Foundation. As part of the front-line fundraising team, she and the Foundation team successfully raised millions of dollars benefiting various Florida Hospital programs while increasing the reach and visibility of Florida Hospital throughout the community. Dawn played a key role in fostering and building community and professional connections.
Originally from Buffalo New York, career aspirations led her to Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the College of Social Science.
Dawn volunteers her time in leadership roles in several community organizations. She currently serves on the Seminole Action Board with other business leaders in the community to reduce homelessness in Seminole County, participates on the Heroes for Babies Committee which raises funds to support underserved women and their newborns at the Baby Place at Florida Hospital Altamonte and is a member of the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Dawn and her husband, Dave, live in Winter Park. They have seven grown children. In her free time, you can find Dawn in her garden, reading one of her favorite novels, or traveling with her family and friends.